Flowers and Flora of the New Mexico Desert
The Cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia
pictured looks harmless, and has wonderful bright flowers.
Some varieties are pink as in the example while others are
yellow or yellow-green. But like all plants with
plenty of stored water in the desert the Cholla can defend
itself with sharp needles. So it is wise to admire it
from a distance.
Desert adapted flora : Ephedra (Mormon Tea), Thistle.
Horse Nettle, Pale Wolfberry as well as "Goat's Head" or
Puncture Vine may be found.
Many wild grasses from Windmill grass, Sand Bur to
Cheatgrass grow in the sheletered areas.
Sand Sage and Scorpionweed are found here as well as
Tumbleweed or "Russian Thistle".
For those with more interest specifically in plants
Wildlife seen in the area includes: Mice, kangaroo rats
and pack rats Swallows, owls, red tail hawks, crows and
ravens Coyotes, Bob Cats and Mountain Lions
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